Xstream Adventure race stops in Summit
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Summit County, CO Colorado
The 8th annual Adventure Xstream Adventure Race Series stop concluded Saturday with weary, mud-spattered athletes powering to the finish. Racers took off Friday night at midnight from the Frisco Nordic Center, beginning a 24-hour adventure race incorporating paddling on Dillon Reservoir, orienteering, trekking, inline skating, and mountain biking that took upwards from 18 hours.
Three teams dropped out due to leg injuries, and inclement weather played a factor in many finishing times. Competitors faced high elevations, extreme terrain, checkpoints spread far and wide, rain and exhaustion.
“We had a little bit of weather,” race director Will Newcomer said. “Wreaked a little havoc down here, but it blew through pretty quick. … No one got seriously injured.”
Boulder Performance Network, a co-ed team comprised of Dave Mackey, Travis Macy, Stacey Moller and Scott Swaney, won the 24-hour race course (90-100 miles) in the Premier division. Their time was approximately 18 hours, 45 minutes.
We think we came in first,” Mackey, an ultrarunning competitor, said. “We only missed one checkpoint and I think all the other teams missed a lot. We were consistent all day and no one blew up. No one lost a lot of energy. … Our navigation was really good and it helps that we’ve done the course before.”
Boulder Performance Network crossed the finish line first at last year’s race, but they didn’t have their wristbands punched to reflect visits to all necessary checkpoints.
Though they claimed that they visited all required checkpoints, due to a technicality first place was awarded to Salomon/Crested Butte.
“The singletrack was awesome today,” Mackey added. “It rivals any place, anywhere.”
Eolus of Crested Butte placed second in the 24-hour Premier category and Four Corners Adventure Racing of Durango placed third.
When asked about the difficulties felt by racers over many hours of exertion, Newcomer said: “If it’s their first 24-hour race, it’s a stretch for (racers), pushing their limits. A lot of the teams that are doing it though are experienced racers. … It’s more mental than it’s physical, for sure.”
Jan Nesset, of Durango, the first male solo racer to arrive at the finish, has four years of Xstream competition under his belt and won the series solo division title last year. He finished Saturday in approximately 18 hours.
“This is always a great venue,” said Nesset, “and it’s also one of the more difficult ones in the series. The terrain is varied. It’s also very high. You have a lake to paddle, some rugged terrain to mountain bike and run. … In the series, it’s the only lake paddle we have.”
New Zealander Robert Broomfield, the second solo male to finish (18 hours, 30 minutes), recently moved to Fort Collins. This is his first year adventure racing in the States.
“It was tough,” said Broomfield, who’s won multiple series events in the solo male division this year. “The altitude got to me today (racers gain 15,000 ft. over the course). … At times it does get lonely. You got to really play the mental game with yourself.”
The Xstream terrain incorporates Summit County’s rugged backcountry trails, including the Miners Creek-to-Wheeler section, the Colorado Trail West Ridge area and the Peaks Trail.
The Premier division, or the co-ed teams, compete for the bulk of the prize money ” over $30,000 to be exact over the series-long haul.
At the Summit stop, the Premier winner took home $1,000, with $700 for second place and $600 for third place.
Saturday’s event also boasted a 12-hour race and a sprint race.
Due to the technical nature of tabulating racing results, winners in other categories will be announced later this week.
The next Xstream series race will land in Vail on Sept. 5 and 6. Registration is still open.
For more information about the 8th Annual Adventure Xstream Adventure Race Series and Saturday’s three distance races, visit http://www.gravityplay.com.
Caitlin Row can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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